On September 26th presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came head to head at the first US Election debate of 2016. This far it has undoubtedly been an unpredictable election, yet the debate made it apparent that Clinton’s experience and disposition surpassed the qualities of a rambling Trump. In one survey, a majority, 56 percent, said that Clinton had a more presidential temperament, whilst 34% supported the temperament of Trump. Both candidates have proved to be divisive figures. Trump’s angry ‘white’ stance has undeniably manifested support amongst Republican voters, his lack of experience in government remains a large question mark over his suitability as President. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton’s experience and qualifications make her ideal for the position. Clinton raised important issues regarding Trump's finances, his disregard of taxes, denial of climate change, race and matters of foreign policy, issues faced by the USA that demand confrontation.
Clinton pressured her opposition on matters of his personal finances and the emergence of documents that suggested that Trump avoided paying income tax over last two decades. She said, “We don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.” Anonymously leaked files revealed that Trump used underhanded accounting tactics and the failure of business to file bankruptcy in 1995. By doing so he was able to legally protect his income and avoid federal tax. Former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, stated his support, calling Trump a ‘genius’ with admiration for his ‘smart’ tactics, tactics essentially used for tax evasion. The fact that the Republican nominee remains to have support, despite his tax avoidance strategies which protected his own assets but caused suffering in the supply chain, raises the question: What are the values of the American people?
Trump has gained support by addressing what many American politicians have failed to: the disastrous economic consequences of globalisation on U.S. manufacturing economy and failed trade deals. However, his plans to lower taxes for large companies is surely at the expense of those lower down in the supply chain. Trump’s proposed policies for ‘making American Great again’ are a reflection of his personal strategies, of protecting those at the top. He aspires to run the country as if it were a business rather than a government faced with issues beyond that of taxes and immigration.